Talk:Arthur C. Brooks

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"Many commentators thought that Brooks played up the role of religion too much, arguing that a charity gap is largely erased when religious giving is not considered."

This sentence should be removed unless a source is given.

The sentences that follow it offer the sources. --Denysmonroe81 (talk) 14:11, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

    • as if religiously motivated giving doesn't count. 98.199.212.25 (talk) 04:50, 21 December 2010 (UTC)

Neutrality?[edit]

If this article is going to point out his opinions, shouldn't there be a critique section as well? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.30.138.32 (talk) 15:09, 23 December 2010 (UTC) Amen! — Preceding unsigned comment added by 70.54.81.20 (talk) 01:30, 14 December 2015 (UTC)

It is crucial that the article be clear that only reported happiness can be measured -- not actual happiness[edit]

The article refers repeatedly to the apparently measured average level of some group's [actual] happiness.

The complete impossibility of the concept of measuring actual happiness should prevent it from ever being presumed possible in an encyclopedia article (except in a direct quotation).

There is no way to ever measure actual happiness. All we can measure is reported happiness. And it is not at all clear that any correlation can be drawn between the actual and reported versions.

So, please -- whoever is familiar with the subject matter, please change all references to [actual] happiness in the article (outside of direct quotes) to "reported" happiness.Daqu (talk) 15:28, 21 July 2014 (UTC)

Prager University videos[edit]

I recently added a link to Brooks' Prager University lectures to the external links. Another editor objected and removed the links. (I have no interest in an edit war.) This was part of a debate that you may read here and here. Anyway, here is the link:

I believe that these short videos nicely present Brooks' free enterprise thinking in a nutshell. If you agree, you should move this link onto the page. (I believe that this should be decided by the other editors of this page. So, I will address questions addressed to me, but otherwise will stay out of the discussion and respect your decision if others who debated the PragerU links do as well.) DougHill. Je suis Charlie. (talk) 00:32, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

So you're basically trying to keep the people who've disagreed with you out by advocating WP:OWNERSHIP. This is inane. Alakzi (talk) 00:48, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

The video link actually is this. Arthur C. Brooks talking 5 minutes about free enterprise, not specifically about his work, not specifically about the AEI. As I argued before, it does get you to understand the subject a bit better, seeing him talk about a part of his thoughts (it is only 5 minutes ..), but not having this video here does not result in a failure to understand the subject of the page. The content of the Wikipedia page, ánd that includes the external links, should be about that. For the external links, that is reflected in WP:EL (and in parts of WP:NOT). --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:27, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

  • The link does not belong. This issue was discussed extensively at WP:ELN and there was clearly no consensus to include these links. There is nothing unique about Brooks' speech versus other Prager U speeches. Besides, saying that the link should be included because it "presents the subject's thinking" on a political topic directly violates our policy against soapboxing. --Dr. Fleischman (talk) 22:11, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

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